best ways to transfer files over to new mac?

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  1. littleasian macrumors member

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    hey guys i'm buyin the new 15'' mbp this weekend and i need to transfer all of my files from my hp laptop over.

    what would be the easiest way to do so? i was thinking of using an external hd and just moving everything over but i hear that hd's formatted for pc's dont work on mac's and vice versa. is there a way i can just plug a cable between the two laptops and have things transfer?

    thanks!
     
  2. Jisuo macrumors 6502

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    Use a normal ethernet cable between the computers.

    HP: Manually set the IP to 192.168.0.1 (right click on the TCP/IP protocol in network connections somewhere)

    Mac: Set IP to 192.168.0.2 ( -> System Preferences -> Network -> Ethernet)

    On the Mac open Finder and chose Go -> Connect To Server from the menu and enter smb://192.168.0.1

    Goto the shared folder and copy your files.

    If you need specific help with anything I could be more detailed.
     
  3. MTI macrumors 65816

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    If there's an Apple Store nearby, they'll do it for you.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Actually, Migration Assistant is the easiest way

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I agree but it only works Mac to Mac.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Ah... my bad... I should have read the post better

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    External HDD Option

    I am sure you're familiar with moving file via the use of an external hard drive - also since you mentioned it, as well.
    Given that, you will be fine doing so - a Mac will recognize a PC formatted drive (Fat/NTFS) without issue.

    Regards,
    Ian
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    You did good, for a dawg. :D
     

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